The Best Hiking Trails in NY

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If you are looking for something to do this winter, pack up your RV and head out to some of the best hiking trails in New York. Choose from single- and multi-day trails; and trails that range from easy to difficult. If you are new to hiking, be sure you have the appropriate footwear – preferably hiking boots if you decide to try your hand at the trails that are more challenging.

Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge

This difficult trail is only 11 miles but will take a full day. The trail is a shuttled-car loop hike takes you over two 4,000-foot peaks, over smaller peaks and features great views. You’ll also pass several ponds where you can filter water for drinking and take some great pictures. This trail is located in Saint Huberts, New York.

Mt. Marshall

This trail is located in Tahawus, New York and takes a full day. This 13-mile hike is a difficult hike that runs from Upper Works and crosses the southernmost peak of the MacIntyre Range. The trails to the summit are not maintained; and the clearest herdpath starts at Herbert Brook between the Flowed Lands and Lake Golden. The difficult climb is worth it as you’ll get some of the best views you can find in the state.

Mt. Colden

This 14-mile hike take a full day and is a difficult trail. This loop hike travels through Avalanche Pass and returns via Lake Arnold. The peak is 4,715 feet and gives you excellent views of the MacIntyre Range, Mt. Marcy and the Great Range. The trail down from the lake is steep to don’t forget your hiking sticks.

Big Slide and Yard

For a moderate trail, head over to Keene Valley for this 11-mile trek up Big Slide and Yard. The descent over the Brothers in the High Peaks of NY is an easy descent. The trail creates a loop from the Garden Parking Lot just outside of Keene Valley and returns to the same place. You’ll find tons of open views of the Great Range. Plus, you’ll get to see the historic Johns Brook Lodge.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before you head out on your hiking trips this winter or spring, be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV checked or serviced; or to pick up any accessories or parts you may need for this trip.


Spring Break Road Trip Adventures in New York

Forget Florida for your spring break this year… head out to the Finger Lakes. There’s so much to do, you won’t be able to do it all in one trip – not even the long spring break trip. Pack up the RV and get ready. And, if you don’t have an RV and realize just how much fun you are missing out on, you can pick up in Nichols, New York.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center to find the perfect travel trailer, motorized RV, fifth wheel or toy hauler for your family. Since we have new and pre-owned models, you can find something that your finances will support whether you need something with lower payments or you can spring for that luxury RV you’ve been drooling over all winter.

Taughannock Falls State Park

If you want to see a waterfall that is twice the height of Niagara Falls, park in the lot of Route 89 and hike the trail to the bottom of the falls. For a view from above, park at the overlook on Taughannock Falls Road. The trail at Route 89 is a 75-mile long trail that follows the creek and leads to the base of the falls. The park also features miles of additional hiking trails, a beach on Cayuga Lake, barbecue facilities, playground and more. Be sure to bring your camera. The entry fee is $7 per vehicle. For more information call (607) 387-6739. The park entrance is located at 2221 Taughannock Road in Trumansburg.

Greek Peak Mountain Resort

If you and your family are adrenaline junkies, visit the Greek Peak Mountain Resort and ride the mountain coaster, go on one or all of the four zip lines, challenge yourself on two rope challenge courses or visit the Virtusphere, which is a 10-foot hollow sphere you go in to experience a virtual reality adventure. Plus, the resort offers a year-round tubing center, mountain biking trails, and indoor water park and a Euro bungee. The resort is located at 2000 NYS Rte. 392, Cortland, New York. For more information call (800) 955-2754. The adventure enter day pass is $59 per person.

The Corning Museum of Glass

Learn about glass works and watch great demos of making glass at the Corning Museum of Glass. You can even attend workshops to learn glass blowing, glass forming, fusing and sandblasting. You get to keep the souvenir you make. The museum is located at One Museum Way, Corning. For more information call (800) 732-6845. Admission is $14 for adults and kids 19 and under are free. Workshops vary in price and range from $10 to $28 per person.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Call Jim’s RV Center for a service appointment or stop by to walk through the many RV floor plans we have in our showroom.


2015 Fleetwood Discovery 40E

Looking for the perfect RV can be time consuming, especially if you don’t know what you want. Doing your research ahead of time gives you an idea of which RVs you want to tour when you visit a dealership. You may want to add the 2015 Fleetwood Discovery 40E to your list of RVs to tour.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York today to tour the 40E or any of the other Fleetwood floor plans available. The 40E is great for those who camp year ‘round or who live in their RV. It features 25,000 BTU and 34,000 BTU furnaces to keep you warm during the cold months.

Convenience Features

Convenience features include a central vacuum system, crown molding, on-demand water pump with a filter, two high-efficiency air conditioning units with solar panel, chill grills and a bedroom heat pump, hardwood cabinet doors, double roller shades, LED accent lights, a stackable washer and dryer, wall sconces in the living area, 16-gallon output water heater, filtration system throughout the coach, and an entertainment system that includes a Sony 48-inch LED HDTV.

Galley Features

The galley features a three-burner high-output cooktop, adjustable shelving in the cabinets, 12.2 cubic-foot fridge with an icemaker and water dispenser, power roof vent, faucet with pull-out sprayer, Solid-Surface dinette tabletop, countertops, sink cover and range cover and a window over the sink.

Bedroom Features

The bedroom features a decorator bedspread with décor pillows, a King Dream Easy memory foam mattress, coffered ceiling, plush wall-to-wall carpeting with padding, wardrobe with cedar lining and a wire organizer, overhead cabinets in the slideout, a Sony 32-inch LED HDTV, and wardrobe lighting.

Bathroom Features

The bathroom features an air conditioning vent, toe kicks for the cabinets, a power roof vent, glass shower with a skylight, makeup lights, a porcelain vacuum flush toilet, and hardwood bath door and trim.

Safety Features

Safety equipment includes a central electrical panel, a carbon monoxide detector/alarm, fire extinguisher, energy management system with soft start, neutral loss protection standard, multiple seatbelt locations, a propane detector and alarm, and a smoke detector and alarm.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to tour the 2015 Fleetwood Discovery 40E floor plan today and to learn more about its features and options.


2013 Unit Highlight — Forest River Wildcat 293Rex

When you’re planning to travel and live on the road, you want as much beauty, comfort and space as you can afford. The 29 foot 2013 Forest River Wildcat 293REX fits the bill at just under $38,000 for the fully equipped touring edition with polar package. It features fiberglass siding, ladders, one-touch power awning for hot sunny locations, electric stabilizer jacks, pass through slam baggage storage, spare tire and an outdoor kitchen in addition to the full indoor kitchen. The one-piece seamless rubber roof has a 12 year warranty so you don’t ever have to worry about leaks or water damage. These are just the outside features on a luxurious fifth wheel that weighs just 8510 pounds.

The Wildcat has an open floor plan with a Pebble Beach interior that includes a very large pantry for a fifth wheel. The well-appointed open kitchen has a convenient kitchen island, fridge and freezer, plenty of counter, cabinet and drawer space, 3-burner stove, oven and microwave. There’s a large 2-bowl sink with high-rise faucet, and the pop up counter and overhead cabinets provide an extra work surface and storage space.

The living/dining room has opposing slides to provide the space and comfort you need in your home away from home with a u-shaped dinette, large sofa sleeper with air mattress and large storage drawer underneath. The back wall displays the fireplace with an LCD TV behind it and more overhead storage. You’ll be comfortable with two or ten people in this spacious, feature-packed area.

Creature comforts in the fully-equipped bathroom include a corner shower with skylight, sink, cupboard, linen closet, medicine cabinet and foot flush toilet. There are two convenient entrances, one from the hallway and one from the master bedroom. The roomy master bedroom has an LCD TV, and nightstands on both sides of the queen bed. More features include pleated shades, an AM/FM CD/DVD player and heat and air.

This lightweight model fifth wheel is as attractive as it is roomy, convenient, comfortable and affordable. Whether you’re new to life on the road, are planning to downsize, or are upgrading from an older model, you just can’t go wrong with this 2013 Wildcat 293REX. Jim’s RV Center is the place to make your new RV New York purchase.


Protecting You And Your Family From Mosquitos New York!

Usually when we think of RVing or camping, we think of being outdoors. The two generally go hand in hand. There are many wonderful aspects of being out in nature, however there is one that many people are not too fond of, mosquitoes. Not only are mosquitoes pesky little creatures, but also they can leave you with itchy bites and they can carry serious diseases including malaria, meningitis and West Nile virus. When you are outdoors use some general protective measures to keep you and your family from getting bit.

Know when mosquitos are the most active. Although there is no time of day that you are 100% safe, mosquitoes generally prefer to bite during dawn and dusk or in the evening after dark.

Wear protective clothing. The more area of your skin that you protect, the less area mosquitoes will have to bite. Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, closed toed shoes and hats can help minimize your exposure to mosquitos. You can also apply insect repellent or insecticide on your clothing for an extra layer of protection.

Use insect repellent and/or insecticides. There are several products and sprays to choose from when using insect repellent. They include aerosol sprays, vaporizing mats, and mosquito coils. Repellent for use on your skin or clothing should contain the ingredients DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or PMD and IR3535. Choose the type of repellent that fits your needs.

Practice caution when using repellents.
• Apply repellents only to exposed skin and clothing and follow the product directions.
• Do not use repellents on cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
• Do not apply repellent to you eyes or mouth and limit the amount around your ears.
• Do not spray directly onto your face. First spray into hands and then apply.
• Wash your hands after each use.
• Do not allow children to apply repellent.
• A thin layer of repellent should suffice in protection. Do not saturate your skin.
• When you return indoors and will not be outside any longer, you may remove repellent with soap and water or a bath.
• Wash your treated clothing before wearing again.

The next time you are RVing or camping in the great outdoors, remember how to protect you and your family from those pesky little mosquitoes and for more information about protection from mosquitoes and insect repellents go to Come visit us at your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, and let us know what protection worked best for you!


Perfect Potato Salad For Your Family New York!

One fun thing you can do as a family while on your next RV vacation is to go for a picnic. Kids love them and think they are great, you can relax on a soft blanket and you all get to enjoy the outdoors together. It can build some great family memories. And what is a picnic without potato salad? It is the quintessential picnic food. There are several kinds, so which one will you serve your hungry brood? The following is a recipe for the perfect potato salad for you picnic!

Perfect Potato Salad

2 ½ pounds red-skinned potatoes, cubed
1-cup corn kernels
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ cup light mayonnaise
½ cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¾ cup chopped celery
¾ cup sliced scallions
½ cup chopped fresh dill

1. Place potatoes in a pan and fill with water until potatoes are covered and bring water to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 6 minutes or until the potatoes are almost tender.
2. Add the corn to the pot and simmer 1 additional minute until potatoes are tender and the corn is crisp-tender. Drain and transfer to a bowl and toss all with the vinegar, salt and pepper. Let cool.
3. In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, yogurt, water, and mustard until smooth. Add the potatoes, celery, scallions and dill. Toss everything together and mix until coated thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

This recipe is best when made the day before serving so all the flavors have time to mix.

For more potato salad and picnic perfect foods recipes, visit Give this one a try and let us know at your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, if this is not your new favorite potato salad!


3 Awesome Gift Ideas for Full-Time RVers

Before we spill the beans on these great gift ideas that we think would be received with smiles and cheer, we first would like to offer our advice on some items that you should take into consideration when shopping for your full-time RVer family and friends.

  • For full-time RVers, space may be a factor, it may be limited so keep this in mind.
  • Gift-giving RVers (especially if traveling or living in their RV when doing Christmas shopping) should look for gifts that are easy to store until delivered or mailed.
  • Purchases of products related to RV operational systems or maintenance are probably best made with some level of RV knowledge. There are plenty of general RVing-related items that are non-technical that can be taken into account before making a major purchase.
  • In regards to gift certificates, try to find some that can be redeemed online or at nationwide locations – convenience is key with travelers

1. Our first choice is the Kindle. It’s a perfect gift for RVers or just about anyone really! Easy to read inside and outdoors. Tons of book selections, compact, portable. And with the latest color versions you can get movies, apps, games, music, reading and more.

2. Save time and “get it right” with gift certificates. Some may say this is not personal enough, and for some – this is the least stressful road to take for all parties involved. There are thousands of vendors to choose from so the recipient can shop and use their gift at their leisure.

3. Help your RVer get Sirius! Pun totally intended. SIRIUS, ideal for people on the move, is a satellite radio service offering over a hundred channels of digital-quality music, sports, news and entertainment programming. The biggest difference from regular radio is that SIRIUS has 100% commercial-free music channels and they are organized by genre so people can ride to the music that best suits their mood.

For the most part, buying for an RVer is no different than buying for anyone else. Just think about the recipient’s interests and lifestyle when coming up with your RVer gift ideas in NY.

What are you buying this year for your family members or friends who are full-time RVers? I still have not finished my Christmas shopping, but i’m slowly but surely getting there!


New York Full-timer Hobby: Scrapbooking


As a full-time RVer in New York you get to see and experience things that are new and exciting  during every trip you take. Why not take advantage of scrapbooking to keep memories of all your experiences in one place. Not only will it help pass the time, it’s also a good way to look back at all the times, both funny and not so funny, that you’ve encountered. When there are slow long nights, or bad weather, it is easy to unwind by harnessing that energy for good. It is also a great way to answer the question, “What did you do on your last trip?” when family and neighbors ask.

There are the traditional scrap books that you can buy and make from craft stores. These usually have plenty of room for pictures, trinkets, and other “scraps” that you find along the way. They can built built by hand, or bought in a pre-made form. These are sure to give you hours of entertainment – assembling them and choosing what will go inside. Of course, you can also choose to go the technological route. With easy-to-use blog platforms and Facebook, you can do it all online keeping your friends and neighbors in the know with up-to-the-minute information.

No matter how you do it, scrap booking is a great way to keep all of your favorite RV memories in one place, and it can even be passed down to future generations of RVers. If you are looking for a new RV to start these memories in, then stop by Jim’s RV.


Get your RV ready for the coming cold weather


With the weather getting colder you need to make sure your RV is ready for the coming season. This is not the same as winterizing your RV, only making sure that you can enjoy the cooler fall nights without problems while camping. Just like how you need to change your wardrobe from summer to fall, your RV needs to prepare for the coming change in the elements. Unlike winterizing your rig, giving your RV a cold weather check only takes a few hours at most, and it allows you to hit the road and get back to camping when you are finished.

The first thing that you should do is inspect your batteries. Give them a good cleaning with a baking soda and water mixture, and check and refill with distilled water if necessary. Also, check their charge with a voltometer to ensure that they will continue working in the cooler weather. Next, it is time to check your engines antifreeze and coolant system. With winter coming, you want your coolant mixture to be around 70% anti-freeze and 30% water. You can check this with testing strips or a refractometer. Also, be sure to check all the hoses and lines for your colling system to make sure there are no leaks or holes.

No one wants to freeze in their RV, so be sure to check your rigs furnace and heating system. If you haven’t run it yet, turn it on high to get rid of any mold that has developed in your furnace over the last 6 months. Also, make sure that you are not losing any of that warm air due to holes or open seals in your roof. Make sure that your roof has no leaks or hole in it, and give the roof a good was while you are up there. Finally, check all your devices inside your RV. Fire detector and carbon monoxide batteries, appliances, and any other electrical advice. You don’t want to lose power when you are in the middle of no where with a cold front blowing in.

Keep your RV ready this fall and winter, and enjoy the off season if you are keeping your RV in storage. If you’re looking for a new RV, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.


RVing on four legs


If you own an RV and a dog, then chances are your furry companion will be taking many trips with you. RVing with pets can bring a lot of joy and companionship, but it can also bring its fair share of challenges.  Safety for all of your passengers, human or not, while both driving and staying at your camp site is always very important, and being prepared for any situation is a great way to have a head ache free trip.  Unlike human passengers, there are a lot of things that you need o take into consideration when traveling with your pet.

The first thing that you should do before any trip with your pooch is check to make sure that they are up to date on all of their vaccinations.  We all know about the dangers of your dog contracting rabies from other wild life, but you should also make sure that they are protected against other illnesses such as bordatella and other sickness. You never know what your dog will interact with or get into and you don’t want your pup getting sick. You should also learn basic first aid for your pet in case a problem does occur on the road.

You should also keep your dog on a leash at all times.  If your dog runs away while at your house, there’s a good chance in finding it, but if this happens hundreds of miles away it will become very hard to find it.  Not only that, but it is also courteous to other campers.  You may love your dog, but not everyone is a dog person. Some people think that a good way to avoid this problem is to keep their dog in their rig, but you should keep your dog with you at all times. A bored dog may find ways to occupy themselves in a small space, and you may come home to a destroyed RV.

Finally, clean up after your dog. Buy some doggy waste bags and dispose of them properly. No one, either yourself or others, wants to walk into their rig and bring in dog mess with them.  RVing with dogs is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and if you’re looking for a new RV to bring your furry friend with you, then come into Jim’s RV.